This year, Election Day falls on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. We will be electing our Congressional Representative and one of our two Senators. We will also be voting on several State Constitutional amendments. The deadline to register to vote for this election is Monday, October 15, at 5 p.m.
In order to vote, you must be registered. Both in-state and out-of-state University students who are U.S. citizens are eligible to vote in Virginia. You must have a Virginia government-issued photo ID to vote in the election; a UVA student ID qualifies. If you are an in-state student, you may register to vote using your home address or your UVA/Charlottesville address (students registering at their home addresses should request an absentee ballot soon after registering).
If you are an out-of-state student, in order to vote in the Virginia election, you must register to vote using your UVA/Charlottesville address. If you have moved within the past year, even within Charlottesville, you must update your address on your voter registration.
There are two ways to register to vote in Virginia:
- Voter registration via paper form: You may register to vote using the paper "Virginia Voter Registration Application," which is available through many third-party groups around Grounds, including Student Council, the University Democrats, and the College Republicans. If you complete this form, the third-party group is responsible for providing you with a receipt and taking the form to the voter registrar's office. The deadline to complete your form and have it turned in to the appropriate registrar's office is Monday, October 15, at 5 p.m.
- Voter registration via Virginia Department of Elections website: You may begin the process of registering to vote online. While you may be able to complete this process online using a Virginia Driver’s License, in some cases, you may be required to print off a part of your form and mail it in to the registrar's office. Please have a printer, envelope, and stamp ready before you begin to register online (if any of these present an obstacle, please email Isaac Weintz. The mailed-in portion must be received by the appropriate registrar's office by Monday, October 15, at 5 p.m.If you are mailing in a portion of your application, please allow enough time for it to be delivered before the deadline.
Within several weeks after you submit your application, you should receive a notice in the mail confirming your registration status. This notice will have information about your voting location, locality, precinct, districts, and an address for your voter registration office. If for whatever reason your application is denied, you will receive a notice of denial from the registrar's office in the mail. If you do not receive information in the mail within 30 days, you should check the status of your application.
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